Alex Harvey made it easy for the final round of the Quebec City World Cup sprint Friday at noon thanks to the fourth qualifying time.
The Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges founder clocked a time of 2: 43.58, more than four seconds slower than the best skier of the day so far, the young Norwegian Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. Obviously in a splendid form, the 20-year-old sensation ended more than three seconds ahead of his compatriot Finn Haagen Krogh (2: 42.87), second.
Harvey led a contingent of five Canadians in the final round. In addition to Quebeckers, Len Valjas (24th), Julien Locke (25th), Jesse Cockney (28th) and Bob Thompson (30th) will continue in the quarterfinals this afternoon.
The Canadian women, however, did the white ladies, where the Swede Hanna Falk won in 3: 02.91.
The best athlete from the host country was Dahria Beatty with a 41st place. Quebeckers Cendrine Browne took the 47th place in the event where she is not a specialist. Sophie Carrier-Laforte (56th), Katherine Stewart-Jones (59th), Frédérique Vézina (63rd) and Laura Leclair (65th) were also part of the Canadian contingent.
The action resumes at 14:15 with the quarter-finals.